About Raymond Wang

Raymond Wang is a 17 Year Old Canadian Innovator with a love of science, engineering and entrepreneurship. He is one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 and the recipient of the prestigious Gordon E. Moore award for the Top Project at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Raymond has been tackling issues with the modern world since he was 12 years old, founding his own company and engineering solutions in fields that include renewable energy, biomechanics, and environmental management. Most recently, Raymond invented a way to curb disease transmission in aircraft cabins, to help stop the next disease epidemic. Over the years, Raymond’s work has received both national and international recognition, and his innovations can be found on MSNBC and TED. Helping other young researchers to get their work published, Raymond also serves as a Senior Editor on the International Student Editorial Board (ISEB) of the Journal of Student Science and Technology. In his spare time, Raymond enjoys exploring music as both a clarinetist of the Canadian National Youth Band and an avid pianist. Raymond envisions himself pursuing a career in science, applying engineering with a business approach to do his part in bettering the world.

Aircraft Cabin Airflow: Curbing Disease Spread

For me, science and engineering has always been about designing solutions to the various problems in our everyday lives. When I began doing research in seventh grade, my very first project was a roof that converted the impact energy of precipitation into electricity to help power the home. The following year, I came up with a dynamically supportive knee brace that implements smart fluids to vary the amount of support that patients received, depending on the physical activity. Last year, I created a self-cleaning outdoor garbage bin to tackle the issue of urban sanitation in our neighborhoods.

raymond wang intel science fair winnerYet perhaps, I am best known for my most recent project, which won the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, out of 1,700 students nationally selected from 75+ countries. This year, I tackled the issue of airborne pathogen spread in aircraft cabins, generating the industry’s first high fidelity simulations of airflow inside airplane cabins. Using my insights, I engineered economically feasible solutions that altered cabin airflow patterns, creating personalized breathing zones for each individual passenger to effectively curb pathogen inhalation by up to 55 times and improve fresh air inhalation by more than 190%. Continue reading